GMercyU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is dedicated to helping you cultivate the skills you need to establish a career in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, and related social services fields. Our criminal justice program instructors bring real-world experience to each class, making your time at Gwynedd Mercy University as current as the events of the day.
GMercyU also provides a learning environment that is different than what you will find at other Criminal Justice colleges in PA.
Benefits of our criminal justice degree program include:
- Personalized instruction with our low 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Courses taught by experts in the field (no teaching assistants)
- Guided visits to local and state correctional facilities
- Guest speakers including regional criminal justice leaders. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and world-renowned criminologist Dr. Jack Levin recently spoke to students about serial killing and mass murder.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program®
The GMercyU Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program® brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated students together as peers for weekly meetings at the Federal Detention Center of Philadelphia.
During the meetings – held all semester-long -- GMercyU “outside” students and “inside” students exchange thoughts and perspectives about crime, the criminal justice system, corrections, and imprisonment.
Learn more about GMercyU’s Inside-Out Program.
GMercyU’s Criminal Justice students have worked or interned for a variety of institutions, including:
- United States Department of Homeland Security
- PA State Police
- Philadelphia Police Department
- Einstein Hospital
Prepare to Become a Police Officer
As a GMercyU Criminal Justice major, you have the option of attending the Montgomery County Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken, Pa. Here, you can earn your Act 120, which is an essential step in pursuing a career as a police officer. If you're accepted into this criminal justice program, this special training is offered during your senior year as part of your four-year degree without extended time or expense, unlike other criminal justice schools.
Increase the value of your criminal justice degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.